Focusing the Digital Inclusion Debate - 6th Digital Research Symposium

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  • 1. Focusing the Digital Inclusion Debate 6th (Online) Social Digital Research Symposium 16:00 - 17:30 Tuesday 9th July 2013
  • 2. Online Centres Foundation (OCF) is now www.tinderfoundation.org helen@tinderfoundation.org alice@tinderfoundation.org @tinderfdn on twitter UK online centres brand remains
  • 3. download new research here
  • 4. Focusing the Digital Inclusion Debate 1. Actions from the 5th Symposium 2. Introducing the new Symposium format: ○ Online (webinars) ○ Offline (face-to-face symposiums) 3. Development of the Ning 4. 6th Symposium meeting: ○ Objectives 5. 7th Symposium information 6. Questions
  • 5. Actions from the 5th SDRS The 5th Social Digital Research Symposium (SDRS) ‘Evidencing the Impact of Digital Inclusion’ was held on 25th April 2013 Outcomes focused on two key areas of action: 1. Development of a universal and shared approach to evaluate digital inclusion practice impact (i.e. DI evaluation framework). 2. Collation and analysis of digital inclusion research outcomes from across the UK (i.e. DI impact database)
  • 6. Actions from the 5th Symposium: Next steps ● Development of focused discussion area on the Ning ○ to encourage investigation of digital inclusion impact/evaluation framework and sharing of national research impacts and outcomes ● Academic partners ○ to take a lead in developing framework and analysing national research impact ● Progression update to network ○ through future face-to-face symposium
  • 7. The new Symposium format To ensure development of a closer, active research network from July 2013 the SDRS will follow a pattern of: ● Six monthly face-to-face meetings (the next will be in September 2013) ○ (More) formal, traditional research meetings ○ Invited and peer reviewed presentation of research ● Three monthly online discussions or webinars (the first of which is today) ○ Informal discussions with limited presentations ○ Action driven ○ Strongly linked to exchange on the Ning
  • 8. Development of the Digital Research Ning www.social-digitalresearch.ning.com
  • 9. Development of the Digital Research Ning ● Refresh the look ● Create separate groups for different research areas ● Each group to be headed by a Research Champion ● Regular guest blogs ● New Twitter hashtag to signpost Ning members: ○ Do you like #digiresearch ? ○ Part of the #digihousing ning family ○ Says what it does on the tin ○ Easy to remember ○ No-one else using it
  • 10. Development of the Ning What Ning members can do: ● Add events to the calendar ● Contribute a guest blog ● Suggest themes for Ning groups ● Volunteer as a Research Champion for one of these areas to lead and direct discussion around a theme ● Add links to relevant research papers ● Fill out your profile and participate online!
  • 11. Development of the Ning Contact alice@tinderfoundation.org or vicky@tinderfoundation.org
  • 12. 6th Symposium meeting objectives (Today) 1) To identify the key thematic areas of digital inclusion research. 2) To discuss gaps and problematics within these key thematic areas. 3) To agree working pairings to take forward communication and profile of the key thematic areas through the #digiresearch Ning
  • 13. Key thematic areas of DI research Discussion of a range of DI research themes and knowledge gaps to select 4 key themes for the Symposium and Ning: ● Health care ● Education/Learning ● Care (Foster, elderly, home) & social housing ● Employment ● Poverty ● Finance/ecommerce ● eGovernment/public services ● Social isolation/Psychological vulnerability ● Others as suggested by network
  • 14. Knowledge gaps in thematic areas of DI research Health care ● Link between digital exclusion & health inequalities ● Using the power of digital technology for health monitoring ● Lots going on in the academic sector. Little information getting out to inform other areas
  • 15. Knowledge gaps in thematic areas of DI research Education/Learning ● Using the power of digital technology to educate children to a higher standard ● Using digital technology to educate adults to a higher standard ● Funding and evaluation models in education & learning not a good fit with DI aims
  • 16. Knowledge gaps in thematic areas of DI research Care (foster, elderly, home) & social housing ● Access; digital skills; motivation; understanding of benefits ● Greater awareness of social housing issues ● Focus on anecdotal evidence rather than economic & social impact ● Using the power of digital technology to get those in social housing to benefit from being online
  • 17. Knowledge gaps in thematic areas of DI research Employment ● Helping people look for, and find, jobs through understanding online application routes
  • 18. Knowledge gaps in thematic areas of DI research Poverty ● No comments from research network
  • 19. Knowledge gaps in thematic areas of DI research Finance/ecommerce ● No comments from research network
  • 20. Knowledge gaps in thematic areas of DI research eGovernment/public services ● How to tackle the digital by default agenda in a simple way ● General level of awareness of digital by default agenda ... what is being done as a result?
  • 21. Knowledge gaps in thematic areas of DI research Social isolation/Psychological vulnerability ● Contribution that digital inclusion can make to reducing isolation, dementia etc
  • 22. Knowledge gaps in thematic areas of DI research Other comments from the research network ● The sector needs coordination, and an evidence base to inform the work ● Funding and evaluation models are becoming problems not solutions ● Better geographical breakdown of those digitally excluded to serve as a baseline for comparison ● Standard metrics agreed for SROI
  • 23. Next steps 4 key themes for the Symposium and Ning from: ● Health care (=3) ● Education/Learning (=3) ● Care (foster, elderly, home) & social housing (=2) ● Employment ● Poverty ● Finance/ecommerce ● eGovernment/public services (1) ● Social isolation/Psychological vulnerability (=2) ● Others as suggested by network Who is willing to lead conversations and generate discussion for each of those four areas?
  • 24. 7th Symposium: Data & Big Questions ● This will be a working meeting ● Open data session: data from OFCOM + others (hopefully ONS, OXiS 2011) ● Why? ○ To expand our knowledge of the data already available to us ○ To ask detailed questions of the data researchers don't have time to do ● Academics + People with Qs + Statisticians ● When? First week in September (TBC v soon) ● Where? Ofcom, South Bank
  • 25. Any questions from the SDRS network? Thank you! Look forward to seeing you on the Ning, and on Twitter with the # and at the 7th Symposium in September 2013 http://social-digitalresearch.ning.com